Billed for the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the two Companies - Yahoo and Intel hope to unveil a new product that will mark the beginning of their Internet fueled expansion to the world of TV.

For Yahoo: it's establishment of the Widget Channel, a software foundation that can house programs for browsing photos, using the Internet's abundant socially connected services, watching YouTube videos, or digging deeper into TV shows--and through which Yahoo will be able to show advertisements.
For Intel: it's a foothold in an industry whose microprocessors have typically been cheaper, less powerful, and less power-hungry.

Both Companies have attracted several significant manufacturing and content allies in the attempt to bring new smarts and interactivity to a part of the electronics world that has remained a more passive part of people's digital lives. Intel and Yahoo showed off Net-enabled TV prototypes in August, but the companies' technology will be presented in more finished form at the electronics show within products by Samsung, Toshiba, and a number of new partners that have signed on since the debut.

Yahoo is confident the products will catch on, in part because it's set "very low" licensing requirements, said Patrick Barry, vice president of Yahoo's Connected TV initiative.

Internet Enabled TV: Yahoo Partners Intel


As was the case last year, YouTube on Friday unveiled a holiday feature that lets users create hosted video cards to send to friends and family. To create your card, visit the YouTube Greeting Cards site where you can choose from dozens of holiday videos uploaded by the YouTube community. Or if you prefer, send a greeting video of your own – either select a video that you've previously uploaded or record a brand new one.

Also there is an option to make a more personalized greeting straight from a connected Webcam. For now, only one video can be attached to a given greeting card.
When users are finished picking a video for use in a greeting card, they can choose from a handful of themes that house the video player, then add up to 230 characters of text and send the complete card to up to 25 e-mail recipients.

According to YouTube's company blog, more than a million of these greetings were sent out last year, before the feature disappeared in January. Save trees, save money, and spread joy - all from the comfort of your home is the New Message!

Turn YouTube videos into Season's Greeting Cards